Boboli in bloom, discovering the natural treasures of the Medici park


Florence – Wild orchids, ancient varieties of roses, lush water lilies, the vast and centuries-old collection of Medici citrus fruits on display in the open air: these are some of the most precious guests of the Boboli Gardens, which from now on throughout the summer, with the time of flowering, become the undisputed protagonists of the sixteenth-century park, with their bright colors and their particular shapes. A series of guided tours of these botanical treasures are dedicated to the discovery of the garden by technical gardeners, starting tomorrow, Thursday, May 16: the first appointment will be with wild orchids, whose presence in various lawns of the park has been established since the nineteenth century and in this period in bloom. 11, of various and suggestive colours, the types of this flower visible in Boboli.

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Saturday, May 25 will be the turn of the ancient roses: appreciated and cultivated by the Medici, the garden houses 156 varieties. Among the oldest are the rose bengalensis, the banksiae alba and lutea and the alba incarnata, already portrayed, among other things, in some paintings by Sandro Botticelli.

 

Saturday, July 6, in the middle of summer, will take place the tour of aquatic plants, which inhabit the tanks of Upper Botany: here live specimens of 50 different species of water lilies, tropical and otherwise. The creation of this collection in Boboli dates back to the 19th century and is due to the great botanist Filippo Parlatore.

The last act of the series of visits, on July 27th, will be dedicated to the Medici citrus fruits. The Boboli collection, one of the most important in Europe, has over 500 potted citrus plants: started by Cosimo I himself in the 1500s, it houses over 60 varieties, many of which were developed by the Medici gardeners themselves. Like the famous Bizzarria, dating back to the middle of the 17th century, a ‘joke of nature’ (as it was defined by the same botanists of the time) with characteristics of lemon, bitter orange, cedar and the ‘Adam’s apple’ (among the oldest citrus fruits, was offered as a pledge of love by boys to girls).

“In spring and early summer the botanical heritage of Boboli becomes even richer and more lush, reaching the peak of its beauty – says the manager of the White Garden Maria Landi – with these visits we want to give everyone the opportunity to appreciate the natural treasures that the garden, like a treasure chest, preserves and protects.



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